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You shouldn’t be doing what you’re doing on that Ladder


Categories: Circus, Comedy & Improv, Theater

Dates: September 9, 2022 - September 17, 2022

Run Time: 70 mins

Venue: The Icebox Project Space


“You shouldn’t be doing what your doing on that Ladder” deputed in February 2020 and now returns to tackle the instability of mental health in 2022.  Using three different sized ladders, a solo clown performer, Peter Nicholls, strings together success and failure in his pursuit to reach greater heights of well being and ladder steps.  Hilarity and terror ensue as the ladders humiliate, confuse, crush and even lick our troubled clown.  Filled with spectacle, laughs, tears and fears, Peter attempts to perform the greatest ladder trick ever seen but must first accomplish a more impossible feat: finding the desire to get out of bed in the morning.

Peter Nicholls/ Tribe of Fools

With a mix of the circus arts, clowning and physical theater, Tribe of Fools has been delighting Philadelphian audiences since 2003 with recent shows like “Antihero”, “School Play” and “Fly, Eagle, Fly” and won the June and Steve Wolfson Award for an Evolving Theater Company in 2018. Peter Nicholls, a long time collaborator and company member, directed Tribe’s “Zombies with Guns” and the Barrymore nominated new play “Fishtown: A Hipster Noir”. Tribe of Fools continues to create works that entertain, mesmerize, and inspire their audiences to battle the everyday challenges.


Produced by: Tribe of Fools, Directed by: Charlotte Northeast, Performed by: Peter S. Nicholls, Lighting Design: Robin Stamey, Sound Design: Kyle Yackoski, Created and Written by: Peter S. Nicholls, Charlotte Northeast and Terry Brennan


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